Italia magazine February/March 2021

Italia! is the award-winning magazine for everyone who has a passion for Italy. Each month, you¹ll find a wide variety of beautifully photographed and intelligently written articles to inspire and inform you. Covering every aspect of Italian life, from travel, holidays and property to food, wine and culture, we bring Italy closer to English-speaking readers across the world.

United Kingdom
Anthem Publishing
6 期号


coast to coast in calabria

A new walking trail has opened in Calabria that will enable travellers to explore the region from coast to coast. Connecting Soverato on the Ionian coast to Pizzo by the Tyrrhenian Sea, the ‘Kalabria Coast to Coast’ trail is around 34 miles long and encompasses a wide range of landscapes and difficulty levels along its route. Kalabria Trekking, the organisation behind the route, wanted to create a journey that takes hikers into the heart of Calabria so they can get a true flavour of the local landscapes, traditions and history, and get off the main tourist trail around Italy to enjoy this southern region’s natural beauty. There’s an additional element of fun to be enjoyed in the ‘passport’ that accompanies the trail, which allows visitors to mark their progress with…

5 italian breads to try in 2021

1 Focaccia is popular the world over. Oven-baked, its name comes from the Latin focus, meaning ‘hearth’, as it was traditionally cooked in the embers of the hearth. In Recco, near Genoa, they make an unusual version of this bread, the focaccia al formaggio, with stracchino cheese. A sweet version of focaccia, the focaccia dolce, made with honey, sugar or fruit, is another popular delicacy throughout Italy. 2 Ciabatta means ‘slipper’, and this flat white bread with a soft, airy texture and chewy crust is so named because of its slightly slipper-like shape. A relative newcomer to the Italian bread family, it was developed in the 1980s to rival the French baguette. 3 Pane carasau is a traditional flatbread from Sardinia whose name translates as ‘toasted bread’. It is also called carta…

italian styles

Harry Styles’ latest music video is likely to be a hit with Italophiles. The former One Direction star has carved out a successful solo career since the band split and the video for Golden, the fifth single from his album Fine Line, employs a joyously sunny Italian backdrop that is pretty much guaranteed to make us all want to jump straight on a plane. Filming took place around the Amalfi Coast during the summer’s more relaxed Covid-19 restrictions, and the resulting video takes us along the area’s winding roads (both on foot and by Alfa Romeo) and sees Styles plunging into the sparkling sea. With a suitably golden glow to the whole video, it’s basically a sun-drenched three-and-a-half minute advert for the beauty of Italy and provides an injection of…

you tell us…

What’s your favourite Italian word or phrase? We asked our Facebook gang to tell us about theirs, and here’s what they said… • ‘Allora’, ‘pronto’ and – my most-used one – (especially on a MotoGP weekend when a certain Italian racer appears on the telly), ‘Ciao, bello’! Shelley Blair• ‘Una bottiglia di vino bianco, per favore’. Miriam Isabel Wallace • The Tuscan expression ‘Maremma cane!’ A dear Florentine friend said it all the time! Karen DeWald De Amicis • ‘Meglio sola che male accompagnata’. Gunilla Marianne Ålbrink• ‘Ma dai’. And ‘allora’ really is a lovely word. Raffaella De Amicis • ‘Prego’. Always said with a smile and sincerity. Jen Coulson Send us a letter using the address on page 6 Join us on Facebook, search for Italia! magazine Find us on Twitter at @ItaliaMag Find…

caserta is the place to go for the world’s best pizzas

The Campanian city of Caserta, which lies just to the north of Naples, has claimed the title for best pizzeria in the world for the fourth year running. However, the restaurant taking the title changed in 2020, as Francesco Martucci’s I Masanielli beat Franco Pepe’s Pepe in Grani to first place for the first time. It wasn’t a huge drop for Pepe, though: his restaurant was awarded second place in the prestigious rankings. Simone Padoan’s I Tigli in Verona came third this year, also claiming the Pizzaiolo of the Year award, while a separate list ranked pizzerias in other locations around the world. Top Pizza 50 aims to be the most important online guide to pizzerias in Italy and the rest of the world, so you can bet that all…

parma: capital of culture for 2021

If you can get over to Italy any time in 2021, we’d recommend setting your sights on Parma. This UNESCO-listed city in Emilia-Romagna is the Italian Capital of Culture for 2021 and a diverse programme of events is planned to mark the occasion. The city is hoping that recent coronavirus restrictions will be lifted to allow events to go ahead as planned. (The city was originally set to be Capital of Culture in 2020, but its plans were derailed by the pandemic.) A new ‘Parma2020+21’ app features information about what to see, do and eat in Parma this year and includes a booking system for buying tickets and a tool to monitor queues at event venues so you can visit at quieter times. Travellers to Parma can also use the…